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Forest Park Westheimer Funeral Home and Cemetery

12800 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

OBITUARY

Wendy L. Havran

September 1, 1955January 20, 2020
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Wendy Lynn Havran, 64, died on January 20, 2020 in La Jolla, California. She was born in Houston, Texas on September 1, 1955 to George and Laverne Havran, the eldest of three daughters. Wendy was a distinguished scientist, gifted teacher, and a loving daughter, sister and aunt. She graduated from Milby High School in 1973 with highest honors. Wendy attended Duke University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Zoology, and discovered her love of immunology. She completed a PhD in immunology at the University of Chicago in 1986. After obtaining her PhD, she completed her postdoctoral studies at the University of California at Berkeley, where her mentor was Dr. Jim Allison. In 1991, Wendy was awarded the prestigious Lucille P. Markey biomedical grant, and joined the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. She became a full professor in the Department of Immunology and Microbiology, and served as associate dean of the graduate school. Wendy was best known for being an enthusiastic mentor to the graduate students and fellows that trained in her lab. Wendy was named the 2018 Outstanding Mentor by the Society of Fellows. Among other achievements, she was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Medicine by the University of Copenhagen. Wendy is preceded in death by her mother, Myra Laverne Havran in 2012. She is survived by her father, George Havran, and two sisters: Lisa McKissick and her husband John McKissick, sister Laurie Nelson and her husband Mark Nelson. She is also survived by five nephews and nieces: Mara, Alisa, and Philip Nelson and Matthew and Galina McKissick. Visitation is Friday, January 31 from 5 – 8 PM, and funeral services are Saturday February 1 at 2 PM at Forest Park Westheimer Funeral Home, 12800 Westheimer. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations made in Wendy's name to Camp Peniel: 397 Peniel Path, Marble Falls, TX 78654. A graduate student fellowship will be established at Scripps Research to honor Wendy’s contribution to science and mentorship. Contributions should be sent to the Professor Wendy Havran Scholarship, c/o Jennifer Crosby, The Scripps Research Institute, 10550 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 920137, with checks made payable to The Scripps Research Institute.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, January 31, 2020
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 1, 2020
  • Committal Service Saturday, February 1, 2020
  • Committal Service Saturday, February 1, 2020

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Maureen Murray

February 15, 2020

We are so saddened by the loss of Wendy. I have been close friends with Wendy since our days together at Duke over 45 years ago. Wendy was a warm, gentle and kind person. She was a true friend to me and many others. We met each other freshman year when we lived on the same hall. We shared double-dates, late night study breaks, lunches, holidays and many good times. We saw each other regularly over the years and Wendy spent time with my family, including entertaining us on a fun visit to San Diego. We always knew that Wendy would be a accomplished scientist. It was her passion. We are also not surprised that she was a wonderful mentor. She always had a listening ear and mentored others even back in college. We will miss her greatly and treasure the memory of many good times together. Maureen Demarest Murray

Steven Campbell

February 4, 2020

My hope and prayer is that the sadness of your loss is soon replaced with the best memories, the joy of who Wendy was, and the joy she brought to so many.
I had the pleasure to meet Wendy 4 years ago, and accompany her since then, on her philanthropic journey with Habitat for Humanity.
Wendy supported Habitat for over 25 years, and therefore has positively touched the lives of literally thousands of individuals, all over the world, who she never met. I will carry forward a very fond memory of this incredible human being who will serve as an enduring example of "a life well lived".

With grace, peace and love,
Steven Campbell
Habitat for Humanity International

Michele Hogan

January 30, 2020

On behalf of The American Association of Immunologists, I offer the most sincere condolences to the friends, family, and colleagues of Wendy. She was among our most cherished members. A noted immunologist and mentor, she was a devoted AAI member and served in many leadership capacities with thoughtfulness and insight. She was the Program Chair for our meeting and, as such, served on the AAI Council. She was on the editorial board of The JI, taught in our courses, and served on many other committees...here and abroad. She was honored with the 2018 AAI Distinguished Service Award for this generosity and, in 2019, she was inducted as a Distinguished Fellow of AAI for scientific achievements and her exemplary and enduring service. But most of all, she was a friend. She was my friend since we were very young and seeking our first positions. She was the friend I sought out at meetings and during travel. I will greatly miss this gentle, brilliant woman who gave us so much. - Sincerely, Michele Hogan

Christel Uittenbogaart

January 29, 2020

In loving memory of Wendy:

Wendy was a phenomenal immunologist, a dedicated Council Member of the Midwinter Conference of Immunologists and a wonderful person. Her generous spirit will remain with us forever.

Our deepest condolences to her family and friends with this profound loss.


The Council and other members of The Midwinter Conference of Immunologists.

Pam Fink

January 29, 2020

We will greatly miss Wendy. She was a creative and incisive scientist, but more importantly, a warm and generous human being with the rare skill of making everyone feel included and noticed. Wendy didn't just act as if she cared what everyone thought, she actually DID care. To top it off, she had a great sense of humor and a wonderfully mellifluous voice, tinged with a soft Texas drawl. Wendy is truly irreplaceable.

Pam Fink and Mike Bevan

Wendy Land

January 25, 2020

When I was little, I was certain that Wendy Havran was the coolest person on Earth, and I was so proud to share a first name with her. I am saddened to hear of her passing, but still so glad to share her name. Wendy was a remarkable person, and I am certain anyone who was mentored by her would attest the same. My condolences to her family and friends.

Wendy Land née Cotter

Ann Feeney

January 25, 2020

I am devastated by the passing of my good friend Wendy. I shared a lab with Wendy for over 15 years until my retirement a year ago, and was a colleague of hers for about 10 years before that at Scripps. Wendy was always so cheerful, generous, kind, and wonderful to all. She was well loved by many. Wendy was a joy to have as a friend and colleague, and I will miss her very much. My sincere condolences to her family.

Robin Ullrich

January 25, 2020

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Wendy! She was just an amazing and talented woman who worked tirelessly for the good of others! We are praying for your family during this difficult time.
Love,
Scot and Robin Ullrich

Linda Dauber

January 25, 2020

I cleaned Wendy's house for many years. She was so nice and generous. We had good conversations. I'll always remember her and her kitties Andy & Mischa.

Jennifer Gleason Betz

January 24, 2020

Although life took us different directions after we became adults, I have strong memories of the Gleason family and the Havran family visits in my childhood years. My sincerest condolences go out to all of Wendy's family and friends. May the knowledge that Wendy is in the presence of our Lord and Savior bring you all comfort in this difficult time.

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